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Statement of Persons Nominated: 12 December 2019 By-Election

Posted on: 21st November 2019 | No Comments

The following document details the persons nominated for election as a Town Councillor in the forth coming 12 December 2019 by-election: Statement of Persons Nominated

Vacancy: Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Posted on: 13th November 2019 | No Comments

The Town Council is seeking a highly motivated individual who has excellent organisational, leadership and administrative abilities and a good knowledge of local government.

Please see our Vacancies page for full details >

A Busy Week for the Town Council

Posted on: 12th November 2019 | No Comments

Group photo of St Just Town Councillors and library staffAfter taking on the ownership of the Library building on 1st November, town councillors met with Library staff and volunteers for a celebration with cake and bubbly, to mark the start of our new relationship. A good time was had by all.

The following day we presented our annual Feast Awards, following the Feast Sunday service in St Just Parish Church. This year’s recipients were:

  • Citizen of the Year: Alison Grose
  • Junior Citizen: Emily Earley
  • Sports Award: David Trezise
  • Community Group Award: St Just and District Cancer Research Committee

Congratulations to them all.

Notice of Election of a Town Councillor

Posted on: 7th November 2019 | No Comments

Notice is hereby given that:

Councillors to be elected
An election is to be held of ONE Councillor for the Town.

Full details available to download in the Notice of election St Just TC 12 December 2019 document.

Notice of Vacancy: Office of Town Councillor

Posted on: 6th November 2019 | No Comments

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Beverley Strick has ceased to be a member of St Just-in-Penwith Town Council and that a casual vacancy exists on the Council.

Full details on this and how the vacancy can be filled can be found in the following document: Notice of Councillor Vacancy

A New Era for St Just Library

Posted on: 1st November 2019 | No Comments

St Just Library after the refurbishments

The future of St Just Library has been safeguarded for residents as part of a new partnership starting today between Cornwall Council and St Just Town Council.

Under the agreement the library has transferred to the Town Council after alterations were completed.

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Notice of Vacancy: Office of Town Councillor

Posted on: 25th September 2019 | No Comments

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Geoffrey Roberts has ceased to be a member of St Just-in-Penwith Town Council and that a casual vacancy exists on the Council.

Full details on this and how the vacancy can be filled can be found in the following document: Notice of Councillor Vacancy

ST JUST TOWN COUNCIL SEEKS RESIDENTS TO HELP ADDRESS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Posted on: 17th June 2019 | No Comments

In urging everyone to recognise the climate crisis Greta Thunberg said:
“Every single person counts.
Just like every single emission counts.
Every single kilo.
Everything counts.”

Banner at one of the School Strike 4 Climate events in Truro

On 25 February 2019, St Just Town Council joined many Parish, Town, District and County Councils in recognising and declaring a Climate Emergency. Following on from that they approved an initial short term action plan, on 13 May and that required the Council to establish a Climate and Environment Action Committee consisting of elected Councillors and local residents. The Council is therefore seeking 3 residents who have the right mix of expertise, knowledge and passion to join the committee.

Deputy Mayor, Sue James, who has been so far leading St Just’s work to declare a Climate Emergency and start thinking about what can be done differently locally, says

“Having spent time listening to the science and evidence of the consequences of continuing to emit carbon and other harmful greenhouse gases as we do today, I believe we cannot afford the ‘do nothing’ option. I also believe that it is no good us waiting for someone else to act, we all have to do what we can as soon as possible and those of us elected to represent communities need to help residents make decisions that are less harmful to our local environment and the planet. At County Hall our young people made it plain that there is ‘no planet B’ and that by the time they are old enough to be decision makers, it will be too late.

“St Just Town Council were unanimous is voting to declare the Climate Emergency and the Terms of Reference for the Climate and Environment Action Committee we now wish to set up.”

The committee being established for the St Just Parish (so including Pendeen and the smaller hamlets) will consist of up to 6 Town Councillors and 3 residents and will be required:

1. To review the Town Council’s initial Climate Change Action Plan and develop a longer term vision for the Parish, in conjunction with the Premises and Amenities Committee, our local schools and residents.

2. To ensure that the Town Council is a source of information for local residents wanting to reduce, re-use and recycle, improve habitats for pollinators, planting trees and how to reduce their energy and water needs and bills.

3. To work with those developing the local Neighbourhood Plan to ensure suitable energy and environmental policies are developed and promoted by Town Council when making planning comments.

4. Work with the Tin Coast Partnership and Cornwall Council to reduce local residents’ dependency on petrol and diesel engine motor vehicles, supporting schemes that encourage more sustainable transport.

Click on the following link to view and download St Just Town Council’s Climate Change Action Plan April 19

Click on the following link to view and download the accompanying Climate Environment Committee Terms of Reference

So, if you live within the Parish of St Just and believe you can contribute to this important, establishing committee email townclerk@stjust.org giving your full name and contact details, what contribution you can make to the committee’s work and specifying any membership of Political Parties and/ or Climate Groups (to ensure mixed representation). Alternatively write with this information to The Town Clerk at 1, Chapel Street, St Just, TR19 7LS.

 

Applications will need to be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday 12th September 2019.

NEW MAYOR FOR ST JUST-IN-PENWITH

Posted on: 15th May 2019 | No Comments

At Monday’s Annual Meeting, Councillor Brian Clemens was thanked for his service as Mayor of St Just for the past two years, and the Council elected Councillor Marna Blundy as Mayor for the coming year, with Councillor Sue James as her Deputy.
The new mayor has lived in Botallack for over forty years, and raised her five children here. She is active in the local community, with particular interests in community engagement, support for vulnerable groups, healthcare, public transport, and local church life. Councillor Blundy’s background in music led her to initiate both the Walking Nativity in 2017 and the St Piran’s Parade in St Just this year, two new annual events for the St Just calendar. Her deputy served as the local mayor in 2012/13 before being elected as the area’s Cornwall Councillor in 2013. From 2017 until May 2019, Councillor James was a member of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet with the broad Portfolio of Environment and Public Protection. Being certified as “Cornish by Marriage” on the touring Tick Box Bus, she has thrown herself into the community of St Just and Pendeen since arriving in 2005.
Both new Mayor and Deputy are keen to work with all sections of our diverse communities, and hope to use their time in office to develop further community cohesion and involvement.
The Mayor said “We have a challenging but exciting year ahead, as we proceed with the devolution of the car parks and public toilets in Pendeen and St Just, as well as taking over responsibility for St Just Library which is set to become a shared space between the Town Council and Library Services. I hope, in due course, to see services develop in this building so that it becomes a vibrant community hub for all our residents and visitors, the Council working hand-in-hand with the community it serves.”
Deputy Mayor, Sue James said “My experiences and learning as a Cabinet Member will enable me to support the community with meeting our environmental challenges to grow wildlife habitats and reduce our impact on the planet. I will also continue my work leading a project to establish an International Dark-Sky Designation for West Cornwall and work with the Tin Coast partnership to ensure our community is sustainable as a great place to live, work and visit.”
With a range of significant events coming up in the parish this year, including the 100th anniversary of the Levant Mine Disaster, the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies Summer Festival, the annual two-week Lafrowda Festival, and the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, both the Mayor and her Deputy anticipate a busy year to come.

Climate Change

Posted on: 19th March 2019 | No Comments

The Town Council has made a resolution to join other councils in declaring a climate emergency and made three commitments. 1. When it owns buildings, following devolution, it will look at how to reduce energy and water consumption and consider carefully where it buys its energy, consistent with this declaration. 2. Over the remainder of this administration, as opportunities arise, it will review policies, procedures and contracts to minimise the council’s impact on the local environment and the planet. 3. Engage with residents and others to learn and strive to reduce our carbon footprint, including considering the LGA guide to Councillors.